Training Band


6.00pm to 7.00pm every Friday

The Fallibroome Academy,
Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 4AF

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About our Training Band

We have about 40 players in our Training Band, from seven years of age upwards. Most join as complete beginners, but some may have started learning elsewhere and joined us to gain experience of playing in a band as well as having the benefit of our group tuition.

Each player has an hour’s session every week, with half the time spent in a small tutor group and the other half playing in the Training Band. All the tuition is provided by our team of volunteer tutors and helpers, which includes a number of players from our Youth Band.

We play in MYBB’s two concerts each year and also appear at a number of local events such as Summer and Christmas Fairs, Garden Parties and Rose Queen festivities. We hold an annual Training Band workshop to widen players’ skills, and take part in contests, including Newcastle under Lyme Music Festival.

Players are ready to fill places in the Junior Band once they have mastered a number of basic skills such as playing a range of notes and rhythms, and also ensemble skills, such as following the conductor and playing together.

Musical Director Cath Wood

Cath started piano lessons at aged 4, she learned the recorder at school once she was 6 and this was a gateway instrument to learning the clarinet and tenor saxophone. When younger, she played in Barnsley Junior Concert Band and then Barnsley Youth Orchestra followed by the Strathclyde University Concert Band when living and studying in Glasgow.

Cath had a break from playing in ensembles while starting work and a family. All 3 of her children play brass instruments and have benefited from the fabulous opportunities at MYBB. Once her youngest child joined training band in early 2017, Cath started volunteering with junior band. She then became a trustee, taking on the role of Welfare Officer with responsibility for safeguarding and the welfare of players and volunteers. Inspired by her children, Cath taught herself to play the cornet and now plays solo cornet for Macclesfield Brass, a local community band.

She has taught primary and secondary age pupils and has been teaching A level Chemistry at a sixth form college since 2006, where she was Head of Chemistry for 12 years and is now part of the college quality team with responsibility for the Continuing Professional Development of staff.

Cath started in the role of Musical Director of the training band in September 2023.